Look, we love Careless Whisper and Born to Run as much as the next saxophonist, but we’re also thrilled to see the reemergence of the saxophone solo in modern pop music. Check out these six new tunes below.
1. Although Patrick Wolf’s video for “The City” looks a little too much like an American Apparel ad for our taste, there is nothing bad we can say about a man playing a killer saxophone solo under the Santa Monica pier.
2. Just days before he died, famed tenor saxophonist Clarence Clemons (of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) recorded “The Edge of Glory” with Lady Gaga and we love him all the more for it.
3. M83 has been rocking the 80s vibe for awhile now, so a saxophone solo seemed inevitable, but nothing we imagined could have been as good as what we got with their hit, Midnight City.
And for a bonus video, we happily present you with an overdubbed track of Bill Clinton “playing” this great sax solo.
4. Bon Iver recorded his first album by taking off to a cabin in the Wisconsin woods bedridden with mono after a serious breakup. That’s not exactly the most uplifting story, but we do love the serious number of tracks featuring the saxophone. Check out "Towers" below.
5. With their great neo-soul sound, Fitz and the Tantrums better list a saxophone among their instruments. Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick was inspired to start the band after purchasing an old electric organ. That very same night, he wrote "Breakin' the Chains of Love," validating impulse buys everywhere.
6. You’re allowed to hate Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night,” but you are required to love the saxophone solo at the end of the song. That’s just the rule, folks.
What other new saxophone solos are you jamming out to?